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A Touch of The Old..

Bekal Fort known by the place name Bakel is the largest fort in Kasargod, Kerala, India, spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2).

( A shot taken by my daughter Sonia.)

The Fort, almost entirely built with these type of laterite stones carved out from Earth( hardened sand +soil) is standing the test of time for about 400 years..

An important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower which is a rarity. From there one has ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikkulam, Uduma etc. This observation center had strategic significance in discovering even the smallest movements of the enemy and ascertaining safety of the Fort.

 

Bakel (part of ancient Mahodayapuram) has recorded history dating back from 11th century rulers called Perumals and later in 12th century under Kolathiri rulers.

The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourth of its exteriors is drenched and the waves continually stroke the citadel. The Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman and the ancient Muslim Mosque nearby bear testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy inherent in the fort.

 

Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar. The coins and other artifacts unearthed by the archaeological excavation conducted recently at Bekal fort is a manifestation of the strong presence of the Mysore Sulthans. The death of Tipu Sulthan in Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799 saw the end of Mysorean control and subsequently the fort came under the British East India Company.

 

During the reign of the Company Bekal became the headquarters of the newly organized Bekal Taluk of South Canara District in Bombay presidency. South Canara became a part of the Madras presidency in 1799 and Kasargod Taluk was up in the place of Bekal Taluk. Gradually the political and economic importance of Bekal and its port declined considerably. Kasargod became part of Kerala with the state reorganization in 1956.[8]

 

Unlike most other Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration for no remains of any palace, mansion or such buildings are found within the fort. Arguably the fort was built exclusively for fulfilling defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The holes at top were meant for aiming at the farthest points; the holes below for striking when the enemy was nearer and the holes underneath facilitated attacking when the enemy was very near to the fort. This is a remarkable evidence of technology in defense strategy.

 

-Source Wikipedia

  • Aquarius 18( Laptop break down again ):) 4y

    wonderful focus and nice series !
  • Susana 4y

    WOW bellisima dear friend !
  • Teresa PRO 4y

    Wonderful and very interesting image. Such a creative
    composition and the hand adds such a lovely touch. :)
    Very nice info. too Reji! May you have a wonderful Wednesday..
  • Robert Miesner 4y

    A wonderful series of this Fort! Some really interesting information also, well done!!
  • abeppe 4y

    Fantastic composition!
    Thanks, and a great 2012 also for you!
  • Nancy PRO 4y

    Beautiful captures and composition!! Very creative!!! ; )
  • Salvatore Lo Faro PRO 4y

    Belle immagini !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Fahid Chowdhury 4y

    Brilliant composition!
  • Sarahh27 4y

    Really lovely work!! :-D
  • David Min PRO 4y

    Magnificent picture !
  • Susan 4y

    Beautiful composition and image such wonderful color and focus!
  • Kumar S S 4y

    Lovely shots!! Like the texture on the first one!! My fav is the second one! Brilliant angle and like the light, reflection and the green!! Beautiful captures!!
  • A.S.H 4y

    Excellent
  • Tipu Kibria 4y

    Fantastic !
  • nature photographer. PRO 4y

    Wonderful shot.! Have a great day ahead my friend!
  • Sudarshan V 4y

    Wonderful images., Great composition & captures!!!
  • Dipanjan Roy 4y

    Great perspective......useful info.
  • Kiran 4y

    Well seen..
  • GeirB, PRO 4y

    Very nice composed!
  • Chiraag Krishna 4y

    Brilliant close up!
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